The Isle of Skye has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and today has a population of around 10,000. Skye's strongly individual identity attracts many tourists who provide the region with major revenue - hence the strong road infrastructure and many businesses that specialise in hiring and repairing vehicles.
Local attractions include the region’s distinctive geology, diverse wildlife and picturesque scenery. While there are many services dedicated to tourism and exploration, Highland Council operates Portree High School and sixteen primary schools. There are two libraries on the island, plus a leisure centre with swimming pool.